Independent Living in Essex, CT

Poised for Fulfillment, Growth and Happiness

Essex Meadows provides unique opportunities to enhance your independent lifestyle. Independent living in Essex, CT, situates you perfectly to enjoy all our region has to offer. We are minutes away from Old Saybrook Station and an easy train ride to either Boston or New York City. Enjoy the resources and culture of these bustling cities, knowing you can return to a bucolic haven when your outing is complete.

Our community sits on 104 beautiful acres and neighbors a coastal forest named The Preserve, which features walking trails winding through 1,000 acres of wild natural beauty. We are minutes from the banks of the Connecticut River and the coastline along Long Island Sound. Living among these extraordinary scenes, we feel particularly inspired to protect our environment. Essex Meadows is a LEED Gold Certified senior living community, and we welcome programs from the Essex Land Trust, The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, and the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Combine Enticing Lifestyle Ingredients to Your Taste

At our senior living community, your lifestyle can blend fun, learning and fitness in whatever combination suits you best. We love to host social events and parties. Independent living in Essex, CT, allows you to decide how involved you would like to be. Neighbors meet for meals and happy hours. We host interesting speakers to present lecture series, and we partner with Wesleyan University and varied performers to provide entertainment. You can remain active in any manner that inspires you — from hiking to working with a personal trainer to swimming to a round of golf on our executive-length course.

Each day is yours to command, and the right services, amenities and social support are in place. Find fulfillment. Find growth. Find happiness.

To get a more robust understanding of the benefits of independent living in Essex, CT, reach out to us through the contact form.

Enjoy Today — with a Plan for Tomorrow

Independent living with lifecare helps you stay in control of your choices. Under this residency agreement, you can easily transition to higher levels of senior residential care if needed, and your monthly service fees will remain predictable. Locking in fees for health services well below market rates could add up to significant savings over time. Make a smart plan for your future — no matter what tomorrow brings.


Our hospitality-centric philosophy drives us to provide a varied and thorough array of services.

  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner daily
  • Professional dietitian
  • Planned social, cultural and recreational activities
  • Weekly housekeeping service
  • Weekly flat laundry service
  • Maintenance of grounds and buildings
  • Private security staff
  • Paid utilities (except telephone)
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Special diets and tray service available


Essex Meadows is designed for engagement, enrichment and ease of living.

  • Professionally staffed health care center
  • Emergency call signals in each apartment
  • Choice of several dining options: main dining room, pub, sunroom, takeout service, private dining room
  • Library
  • Games and billiards room
  • Arts room
  • Beauty and barber shop
  • Auditorium
  • Common-area fireplaces
  • Executive golf course
  • Croquet
  • Gardening areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Scenic outdoor seating areas
  • Storage facilities
  • Fitness room
  • Indoor saltwater swimming pool and whirlpool
  • Laundry rooms
  • Woodworking shop

For an Additional Fee

  • Guest rooms
  • Garages
  • Pets (security deposit required)
  • Premium DIRECTV®
  • Private transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

Independent living is a residential option that offers independent, active older adults the opportunity to enjoy their current lifestyles without the burden of home maintenance. At Essex Meadows, that means a rewarding, worry-free lifestyle in maintenance-free cottages or apartment homes with a wide array of services and amenities, as well as friends, right outside the door.

Our independent living options are designed for seniors who want to maintain their current active lifestyle but have a smart plan in place for future senior residential care, if they need it. You’ll have the freedom to spend time with family and friends, take classes, work out, volunteer, even travel — knowing that trusted team members are looking after your home while you’re away.

Residents are welcome to participate in Essex Meadows’ resident council and other committees focused on various aspects of community life. Residents can voice their opinions in decisions that affect programming, activities, outings and more.

Most people who drive do, but with all the transportation options available as part of our service, a car isn’t a necessity. Many couples choose to keep one car instead of two, but the choice is yours. Garage space is available for an added monthly fee.